Install and Configure DBeaver Community on Ubuntu 16.04 | 18.04

DBeaver Community is a free, open source universal database manager that gets the job done! It is a tool tool for developers, SQL programmers, database administrators and analysts and supports all popular databases in use today. From MySQL, PostgreSQL, MariaDB, SQLite, Oracle, DB2, SQL Server, Sybase, MS Access, Teradata, Firebird, Derby and many others.

If you’re looking for a database tool with health monitoring, SQL editor with various extensions (plugins), then DBeaver is a great tool for you. There are plugins and extensions for all the databases mentioned above and any others that supports JDBC driver.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install DBeaver Community database tool on Ubuntu 16.04 / 16.04 LTS.When you’re ready to install DBeaver Community, follow the steps below:

Step 1: Install OpenJDK 8

DBeaver works with Java. You must have JAVA installed on Ubuntu prior to installing DBeaver. For this tutorial, we’re going to be installing the open source version of Oracle JAVA. To install, run the commands below:

sudo apt update
sudo apt install openjdk-8-jdk

After running the commands above, run the commands below to test if Java is installed.

java -version

You should get similar print as below:

openjdk version "1.8.0_191"
OpenJDK Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_191-8u191-b12-2ubuntu0.18.04.1-b12)
OpenJDK 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.191-b12, mixed mode)

Continue below to installing DBeaver

Step 2: Install DBeaver Community

Now that DBeaver Community is installed, run the commands below to add DBeaver official repository to Ubuntu.

wget -O - | sudo apt-key add -
echo "deb /" | sudo tee /etc/apt/sources.list.d/dbeaver.list

After that, run the commands below to install DBeaver

sudo apt update
sudo apt install dbeaver-ce

If you want to use MariaDB, use the steps below to install and configure.

Step 3: Install MariaDB Database Server

MariaDB database server is a great place to start when looking at open source database servers to use with DBeaver. To install MariaDB run the commands below.

sudo apt-get install mariadb-server mariadb-client

After installing MariaDB, the commands below can be used to stop, start and enable MariaDB service to always start up when the server boots.

Run these on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mysql.service
sudo systemctl start mysql.service
sudo systemctl enable mysql.service

Run these on Ubuntu 18.04 and 18.10 LTS

sudo systemctl stop mariadb.service
sudo systemctl start mariadb.service
sudo systemctl enable mariadb.service

After that, run the commands below to secure MariaDB server by creating a root password and disallowing remote root access.

sudo mysql_secure_installation

When prompted, answer the questions below by following the guide.

  • Enter current password for root (enter for none): Just press the Enter
  • Set root password? [Y/n]: Y
  • New password: Enter password
  • Re-enter new password: Repeat password
  • Remove anonymous users? [Y/n]: Y
  • Disallow root login remotely? [Y/n]: Y
  • Remove test database and access to it? [Y/n]:  Y
  • Reload privilege tables now? [Y/n]:  Y

Restart MariaDB server

To test if MariaDB is installed, type the commands below to logon to MariaDB server

sudo mysql -u root -p

Then type the password you created above to sign on. if successful, you should see MariaDB welcome message

mariadb welcome

That should install it.

Now you can navigate to Ubuntu Activities overview, then search and launch DBeaver Community. When it opens, attempt to connect to your Database of choice.

DBeaver Community

Select the database server you want to connect to from the list and attempt to connect.


Connect to MySQL database using the root account.

DBeaver ubuntu install 2

When you attempt to logon using MariaDB root account it will fail… That’s because MariaDB and MySQL have switch their authentication method to auth_socket

The auth_socket plugin authenticates users that connect from the localhost through the Unix socket file… which prevents users from connecting with password… So, you won’t be able to connect via the root account…

When you attempt to logon, you see the error “#1698 – Access denied for user ‘root’@’localhost’”

To fix that, run the commands below:

sudo mysql -u root

That should get you into the database server. After that, run the commands below to disable plugin authentication for the root user

use mysql;
update user set plugin='' where User='root';
flush privileges;

Restart and run the commands below to set a new password.

sudo systemctl restart mariadb.service

Now try again to logon… this time it should work!


Congratulations! You have successfully installed DBeaver Community on Ubuntu.

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  1. Hi,
    I configured dbeaver. Thanks.

    I have a database dump (.dump) file which contains some tables. Can you please tell me the procedure to import that into the dbeaver.

  2. Hi there

    Thanks for the post. One thing that I noticed as a possible typo in the “installing java” section was the “–version” bit. It should only be one hypen: java -version


  3. Followed the instructions to the end.

    Clearing the auth_socket plugin didn’t seem to clear the login error in Dbeaver.

    There’s also no error number with the error.

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